IPCPR 2019: 20 Buzzworthy New Releases

    IPCPR 2019: 20 Buzzworthy New Releases

    Every year during the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) trade show and convention, manufacturers supply the industry with new releases that will debut in the fall or early in the following year. Tobacco Business magazine is providing you with a short list of some of the new releases that you might have missed at this year’s IPCPR show.

    Room 101

    Room 101 10th Anniversary Matt Booth’s company, Room 101, has announced the release of the Room 101 10th Anniversary cigar, a release that commemorates his 10th anniversary in the cigar industry. It was back in 2009 when Booth first launched his own cigar brand under the Room 101 name with the help of Camacho Cigars. Ten years later, Booth has since left Camacho and branched out more on his own, working closely with Caldwell Cigars’ Robert Caldwell and La Barba Cigars’ Tony Bellatto to form Down and Back LLC, a company that distributes today’s Room 101 cigar brand.

    The Room 101 10th Anniversary Cigar is rolled at A.J. Fernandez’s cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, with a Nicaraguan rosado wrapper. It will be available in one size, Toro (6 x 52). It will come in 20-count boxes, and only 500 boxes are available.
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    ACID 20
    Drew Estate

    Drew Estate Celebrates20th Anniversary of ACID Cigars with ACID 20Drew Estate is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Acid cigar brand with the national release of Acid 20. Since the brand was first launched two decades ago, Acid has become a vital, must-have brand within all facets of the cigar industry. Acid 20 celebrates this milestone and the brand’s accomplishments. It will be a box-pressed Robusto, and according to Drew Estate’s founder, Jonathan Drew, it is the company’s best Acid release since Kuba Kuba. Acid 20 is wrapped in a lush, toothy Mexican San Andres wrapper and features an ultra-premium Indonesian binder and Nicaraguan filler leaves. Its infusion is unique and something special the company set aside for this 20-year occasion.
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    Royal Agio Cigars USA

    Royal Agio Cigars USA Announces Serie Signaturas Paso DobleRoyal Agio Cigars’ Paso Doble is the second premium cigar blend released under the collaboration-basedBalmoral Serie Signaturas brand. This blend follows last year’s release, the Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto, which was a special collaboration between Royal Agio’s president, Boris Wintermans, and Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, owner of E.P. Carrillo Cigar Co.

    For the Balmoral Serie Signaturas Paso Doble, Wintermans teamed up with La Flor Dominicana founder Litto Gomez. The Balmoral Serie Signaturas Paso Doble was born from Wintermans’ and Gomez’s ambitious desires to define, in their own unique way, what it means to be boutique. Like Dueto, Paso Doble intertwines each cigar-makers’ most coveted tobacco and blending signatures.
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    Alec & Bradley

    Alec & Bradley Team Up with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo for GatekeeperAfter the success of the 2018 release of Blind Faith, Alec & Bradley is preparing for its second release, the Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper. The Rubin brothers (Alec and Bradley, founders of the company that bears their names) teamed up with famed cigar-maker Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, owner of E.P. Carrillo Cigar Co., to create Gatekeeper.

    The Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper features an Ecuadorean Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and premium filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It is produced at Perez-Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Gatekeeper is Alec & Bradley’s first regular production and global release. It will be presented in 20-count boxes with artwork inspired by the Gothic era. Gatekeeper will be available in four different sizes: Corona (5 1/8 x 42), Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 52) and Gordo (6 x 60).
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    Altadis U.S.A.

    Trinidad Espiritu is a collaboration with A.J. Fernandez and is described as a medium- to full-bodied Nicaraguan puro. Trinidad Espiritu will come in five different vitolas: Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 52), Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52), Magnum (6 x 60) and a special edition Trinidad “Fundador” Lancero (7 1/2 x 40) as an event exclusive.
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    QUESADA 1974
    Quesada Cigars

    Quesada Cigars 1974At this year’s Procigar Festival, Quesada Cigars gave attendees a sneak preview of Quesada 1974, a cigar that commemorates the company’s 45th anniversary. The company first released the cigar for distribution in Spain, and Quesada 1974 made its U.S. debut at the 2019 IPCPR show.

    The Quesada 1974 is available in both 10-count and 20-count boxes and comes in four sizes: Robusto (5 x 50), Short Robusto (4 x 50), Lancero (7 x 38) and Corona (6 x 43). Made using an Ecuadorean wrapper, Dominican binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, Quesada 1974 offers connoisseurs a full flavor and medium-bodied smoking experience that is complemented by a rich, luxurious and pleasant aroma.
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    Ventura Cigar Company

    Ventura Cigar Factory Introduces Cuban Cigar FactoryCuban Cigar Factory brings together Benji Menendez, Manuel “Manolo” Quesada and Michael Giannini for two new cigars in the Ventura Cigar Company portfolio.
    The Benji Menendez for Cuban Cigar Factory offers a rich, silky smooth blend featuring a Dominican binder, Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, and a Connecticut Ecuadorean wrapper. The Manolo Quesada for Cuban Cigar Factory offers a rich and savory blend featuring an Ecuadorean binder, Dominican filler tobaccos and a Habano Ecuadorean wrapper.

    Both Cuban Cigar Factory cigars are created at the Quesada Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic in collaboration with Ventura Cigar Company. Planned for a late summer ship date, the Benji Menendez and Manolo Quesada blends will each be available in 20-count boxes in three sizes: Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 50) and Belicoso (6 1/4 x 52).
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    Joya de Nicaragua

    Joya de Nicaragua Releasing Número Uno at IPCPR 2019Joya de Nicaragua’s Numero Uno is a cigar that was originally blended for world leaders and handed out by Nicaraguan ambassadors on official missions around the world. Part of its Obras Maestras ultra-premium cigar line, Joya de Nicaragua has made Numero Uno available for wider distribution.

    Numero Uno is a medium-bodied and medium-strength cigar that is described as being refined, complex and elegant. The cigar has light pepper notes that allow it to offer a top-ranked, exclusive, diplomat-lifestyle smoking experience. Its production is limited to just 1,500 boxes per year.

    Numero Uno features an Ecuadorean Connecticut Shade wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. It is available in just one vitola, L’Ambassadeur, a Lonsdale (6 5/8 x 44). Numero Uno is a Drew Diplomat Retailer Program brick-and-mortar exclusive. It comes in 25-count boxes.
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    La Aurora Cigars

    La Aurora Cigars Preferidos Hors d’Age 2018 Coming to IPCPR 2019Last year, La Aurora released its ultra-premium Hors d’Age 2017, and at this year’s IPCPR show, the company released a follow-up cigar, Preferidos Hors d’Age 2018.

    Hors d’Age is French for “beyond age,” and the Preferidos Hors d’Age cigar is made from tobaccos that are aged for at least 12 years, including an Ecuadorean wrapper and binder, as well as filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Nicaragua. The cigars are offered in just one size, Toro (6 x 54). Only 500 15-count boxes will be available to the United States market beginning in September.
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    General Cigar Company

    CAO SessionInspired by everyday smoking occasions that turned extraordinary, CAO’s Rick Rodriguez blended Session with the idea of creating a cigar that allows people to just “sit, smoke, chill and not overthink things.”

    Using a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Dominican binder, and rich Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, Rodriguez created a medium-bodied cigar that is complex but not complicated. The CAO Session offers smokers a cigar with hints of nuts, cedar and sweetness. The cigars are available in three sizes, each named for a place where the CAO Session might be best enjoyed: Shop (6 x 60), Bar (6 x 49) and Garage (5 1/4 x 55). CAO Session cigars are packaged in bright-orange 20-count boxes.
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    Plasencia 1865 Cigars

    Plasencia Cigars to Release Alma del Fuego at IPCPR 2019Alma del Fuego is the third installment of a planned five releases in Plasencia 1865 Cigars’ signature Alma Series. Alma del Fuego, which translates to “Soul of the Fire,” represents the volcanic soils of Nicaragua’s Ometepe island. Nicaragua is where the majority of the company’s filler tobacco leaves for this cigar was harvested. Alma del Fuego is a Nicaraguan puro, and the blend represents the Plasencia family’s passion for the tobacco industry as well as its efforts to serve it with a high-quality, innovative smoke.
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    Nat Sherman International

    Nat Sherman Timeless 2019 Limited EditionThe Timeless 2019 Limited Edition is a Toro (6 x 50) presented in a box of five cigars. Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos make up the filler composition surrounded by a Dominican binder. The cigar also has Colorado oscuro Dominican shade-grown wrapper that gives the cigar full-bodied strength and a round, complete, balanced flavor profile. This cigar is made by the Quesada family in Licey, Dominican Republic. This is the second Timeless Limited release so far, following the launch of the Timeless 2019 TAA Exclusive earlier this year. The elegant blue and rose-gold packaging introduced with the TAA Limited Edition will carry over into this new release as well.
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    J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

    J.C. Newman Cigar Company Releases The AmericanJ.C. Newman Cigar Company’s The American is the first “100 percent” American cigar. Hand-rolled by Americans in a historic U.S. cigar factory using heirloom American cigar tobaccos, this cigar also includes boxes, bands, labels, cigar molds, and even its cellophane tubes made in America.

    The American is rolled with a Florida Sun Grown wrapper grown by Corona Cigar Co.’s Jeff Borysiewicz in Clermont, Florida. The binder is a Connecticut Broadleaf grown by eighth-generation family farmer Jon Foster and the filler is a blend of Foster’s Connecticut Habano tobacco with tobaccos grown by Mennonites in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
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    Aganorsa Leaf

    Aganorsa Leaf Announces Guardian of the Farm NightwatchGuardian of the Farm Nightwatch is described as a darker, more intense version of the award-winning blend first created by Max Fernandez and Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars. This time, Fernandez worked alone and used Aganorsa’s proprietary shade-grown Corojo maduro wrapper to create a new expression of the Guardian blend that has a rich, structured body while it remains nuanced and complex.

    Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch will come packaged in boxes of 25 and will be available in four vitolas: Rambo (4 1/2 x 48), JJ (5 1/4 x 50), Campeon (6 x 52, 109 head) and Orpheus (6 x 44).
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    Manifatture Sigaro Toscano

    Toscano Stilnovo to Launch at IPCPR 2019The limited-edition Toscano Stilnovo is handcrafted by expert cigar rollers in Lucca, Italy. Stilnovo reflects a poetic movement of the 14th century that embraced a new style of writing spearheaded by Dante Alighieri. The author and Toscano both originated in the city of Florence.

    Stilnova utilizes long filler tobacco made from Italian Kentucky seed grown in the Val di Chiana (Tuscany) area, with the stems very carefully removed by hand before being aged for four years. For the first time in Toscano’s history, Stilnova will incorporate a binder of fermented Italian Kentucky tobacco. The cigar’s wrapper is from the U.S., grown in Kentucky. The dark wrapper has been fire-cured and fermented for four weeks, helping to refine the flavor and also improve combustion. The Toscano Stilnovo can be smoked both whole and ammezzato (half-length). When smoked in full, the slow change in ring gauge allows for a complex crescendo of strength that develops over time. When smoked ammezzato, there’s an immediate release of the characteristic aromatic notes can be detected, allowing for an instant introduction to the strength of the cigar.
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    Alec Bradley Cigar Co.

    Alec Bradley Reveal Lars Tetens Relaunch Cigar LinesIn April 2019, Alec Bradley Cigar Co. acquired Lars Tetens Brands. Since 1979, Lars Tetens has been shaking up the cigar industry with his unique creations that have involved a labor-intensive conditioning process that uses essential oils and botanicals to make exotic premium cigars. The acquisition not only created a partnership between Alan Rubin, Alec Bradley Cigar Co.’s founder, and Lars Tetens, but it also moved all sales and distribution of Lars Tetens Brands to Alec Bradley Cigar Co.

    Alec Bradley will be reintroducing seven different Lars Tetens lines: Cubagua, Grass, Serie D, SS (shorthand for “Spicy Sweet”), Sutton Place, Steam Punk and Phat Cigars.
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    Casa Cuevas Cigars

    Casa Cuevas to Release Cuevas Reserva at IPCPR 2019Casa Cuevas Cigars released the Cuevas Reserva Natural and Maduro at IPCPR 2019. The Cuevas Reserva Maduro features a Mexican San Andres wrapper, a Dominican Piloto Cubano binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan (Ometepe) filler tobaccos. It’s a personal favorite of Luis Cuevas Sr. and provides cigar enthusiasts with a full-flavor smoking experience in a perfectly balanced medium- to full-bodied cigar. The Cuevas Reserva Natural features a Habano binder with a mix of filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and the U.S., all wrapped in an Ecuadorean Connecticut wrapper. This cigar is described as a smooth smoke with nuanced earthy flavors.
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    Crowned Heads and Drew Estate

    La Coalicion | Crowned Heads, Drew EstateCrowned Heads and Drew Estate have teamed up for a special cigar—La Coalicion, a cigar that was several years in the making. La Coalición encompasses the vision and philosophies of both companies. Manufactured at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Esteli, Nicaragua, La Coalicion features a Grade A Dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Sumatra binder, and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The line will come packaged in 20-count boxes and will be available in four different sizes: Corona Gorda (5 x 46), Gordito (5 1/2 x 50), Siglo (6 x 52) and Sublime (6 1/2 x 54).
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    A.J. Fernandez Cigar Co.

    AJ Fernandez Cigar Co. Releasing Días De Gloria at IPCPR 2019The cigar industry’s go-to cigar maker and collaborator has a new brand coming to his own cigar company. A.J. Fernandez’s Dias De Gloria pays homage to pre-Castro Cuba. Translating to “glory days,” Dias De Gloria made its debut at IPCPR 2019. Billed as a nod to Cuba before the revolution, Dias De Gloria is blended with aged tobacco from A.J. Fernandez’s four oldest Estelí, Nicaraguan farms: La Soledad, La Providencia 1, La Lilia and Finca Los Cedros. Ssome of the tobaccos used to make this special cigar have been aged for up to seven years.

    Dias De Gloria will come in 20-count boxes and will be available in four different sizes: Short Churchill (6 1/2 x 48), Robusto (5 1/2 x 52), Toro (6 x 56), and Gordo (6 x 58).
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    Warped Cigars

    Warped Cigars Brings Back La Colmena Unico Especial for IPCPR 2019Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars has announced the return of La Colmena Unico Especial. The cigar was first introduced in 2014 as a limited run of only 1,000 10-count cans. For the new release, even fewer will be made with only 950 tins being produced. The cigars are made at the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood and features La Colmena’s signature Desflorado wrapper grown in Ecuador.
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    This story first appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Tobacco Business magazine. Members of the tobacco industry are eligible for a complimentary subscription to our magazine. Click here for details.